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The Coolest Trophy in Sports - 06/04/14

Is without a doubt, the Stanley Cup.  It's SO MUCH cooler than any other trophy, there really isn't even a close second.  The Vince Lombardi Trophy?  It's not bad.  The World Series trophy?  It's ok.  The Larry O'Brien Trophy?  Please.  (That's the one given to the NBA Champ in case you were wondering.)

The only one that remotely comes close is The BCS Crystal Ball.  And I'm not sure that one will even still be given once the college football playoff begins this year.  Doesn't say much for the "coolness factor"  does it?

This year's battle for the Cup comes down to teams from opposite coasts, with opposite fortunes recently.  The Los Angeles Kings are hoping to hoist their second Cup in three years.  The last time the New York Rangers claimed the Cup, Mark Messier was their captain.  That was 1994.  A long drought for a team from the number-1 media market.

In addition to the fact that 17 Kings remain from the championship team, there's the fact that L.A. has already won three Game 7's this post-season.  ON THE ROAD.

The Rangers are no slouches though.  In fact, they appear to be a team of destiny this year.  They have arguably the best goaltender in the world in Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes.  He can not only singlehandedly win a game or two, but the series.  Then lead the ticker tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes.

That being said, I'll still take the Kings.  In six games.  They're so mentally tough.  How can you go against a team that is 7-0 in elimination games?  I can't.  That's why I think L.A. will once be crowned Kings of the hockey world when it's all said and done.  Enjoy the series!  I know I will.  


 

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BIRTHDAY MONKEY

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) -- At 31, Nikko is the old man -- of North American monkeys. The Minnesota Zoo will be celebrating the snow monkey's birthday today. Zoo officials say Nikko will be getting birthday presents, which they call "enrichment items." Zoo spokesman Tom Ness says Nikko has always been "laid back." Ness speculates Nikko's mellow personality has helped him to live almost twice as long as a typical male.

STATE FAIR-FOOD

DALLAS (AP) -- If it can be fried -- it's been tried at the State Fair of Texas. Fair officials in Dallas have announced the winners for the Best Tasting and Most Creative new foods at the expo. The Best Tasting Award goes to a fried Gulf shrimp boil. That's baby Gulf shrimp, diced red potatoes, onion, lemon, and seasoning formed around a cocktail shrimp, dusted, fried and served with a remoulade sauce. The award for Most Creative goes to Funnel Cake Ale. It's a beer with hints of the midway treat, funnel cake. This year's fair runs from September 26 to October 19.

FIRE TRUCK REFRIGERATORS

BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky fire department has a cool idea -- an onboard fridge. One of the trucks at the Palma-Briensburg Fire Department has a refrigerator. It used to chill water to keep the firefighters hydrated. Assistant Chief Todd Devine tells WPSD-TV summer heat combined with 35 to 40 pounds of gear takes a toll. He says access to the cold water could help save a life. He adds coolers will be added to more fire trucks.

GINSENG SEASON

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- There's gold in the forests of West Virginia -- in the form of ginseng. West Virginia's ginseng season began yesterday and runs through November. Ginseng dealer Dave Cook tells The Charleston Gazette he expects a good harvest this year. Officials also expect good prices. Robin Black of the West Virginia Division of Forestry says last year ginseng was selling for a near record of $780 a pound.

 
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